Public Management

The MA – Leadership and Strategy is a two-year, part-time programme that explores the theory and practice of effective leadership and strategy formulation. Both public and private sector organisations need leaders with expertise in the HR, strategic and financial components of organisational life. On completion of the first year, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. In the second year, they take three modules in leadership and strategy and complete a minor dissertation. This programme usualy only commences in the September of each year. 

Master of Arts – Leadership & Strategy

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This programme is delivered through blended learning and can be taken from anywhere in the country. Students receive comprehensive course manuals and all the essential textbooks. They study this material at a time and place of their own choosing. 

Students also attend the IPA on six weekends over the course of the academic year for lectures and seminars. These weekend events also allow them to meet with their classmates and obtain advice from lecturers and subject coordinators. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

Duration

Two academic years

Interim Awards

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management.

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

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Commences

September 2018

Application Deadline

August 2018

Fees

The cost of the programme is €5,000 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees, all seminars, textbooks and course material), payable in two instalments. 

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The Programme

The MA – Leadership and Strategy is a two-year, part-time programme that explores the theory and practice of effective leadership and strategy formulation. Both public and private sector organisations need leaders with expertise in the HR, strategic and financial components of organisational life. On completion of the first year, students receive the interim award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management. In the second year, they take three modules in leadership and strategy and complete a minor dissertation. This programme usualy only commences in the September of each year. 

Is This Programme for you?

This programme has wide appeal, but it is particularly relevant to those whose professional life involves making and executing decisions. In addition to their study of core economic, financial and HR subjects, students will undertake supervised research on a leadership or strategy issue. 

Subjects

Year One

The first year of the programme is divided into two semesters, and each semester is devoted to the study of three subjects:

Semester One
  • Economics
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Finance 
Semester Two
  • Organisation and Strategy
  • Research Methods
  • Managing Service Delivery/Managing in Europe

Year Two 

Semester One
Leadership in Context

Leadership does not occur in a vacuum; it is influenced by the dominant ideas and developments of the age. This module places leadership in several contexts: social, organisational, psychological, economic, political, and philosophical. It considers, among other things, transformational leadership, business ethics, and leadership in the public service. 

Strategic Management and Analysis

Formulating and implementing a strategy is a central management responsibility. This course explores the core theories, principles and practices that researchers and practitioners have developed to explain managerial behaviour and decisions and organisational performance.  Topics addressed include external environment analysis, stakeholders, and the management of innovation. 

Leadership & Strategy Implementation

Among the topics explored in this module are leadership and the decision process, public and private sector leadership, implementing strategy in a global context, social responsibility, and the effective management of organisational change. 

Semester Two

In the second semester of year two, students write a dissertation on a specific leadership and strategy topic. 

Assessment

Students are assessed on the basis of assignments, examinations and their dissertation. 

Seminar Dates

Autumn 2018

  • Orientation Seminar: September 7-9
  • Review Seminar: October 6-7
  • Final Seminar: November 3-4
  • Examinations: Week of December 10

 

Spring Semester 2019

  • Orientation Seminar: January 4-6
  • Review Seminar: February 2-3
  • Final Seminar: March 2-3
  • Examinations: Week of April 8
Prospectus

Postgraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details on all IPA postgraduate programmes are available in the prospectus, which you can view or download here.

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